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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

A Challenging Month!

I am soooooo happy that the kids will be out of school after tomorrow. My last day driving to 3 different schools, at least for a few years!

Last night was terrible. I started feeling bad again, I guess the same bug. I had a headache and diarrhea and vomiting. TMI I'm sure, but this is stuff I talk about all day so I tend to be well....open about bodily functions. I threw up my dinner, such that it was as we're back to the liquids. After that I ate a few saltines. They are about the only thing that will stop my nausea, even though they are not on the plan. But, today I feel better and I'm back on track.

I'm a bit tired and grumpy after that feeling bad and the game last night. My Mavs lost, but I'm still feeling hopeful and it is, after all, a 7 game series!   That tired and grumpy led to one massive internal fight at lunchtime.

You see, it's National Running Day today. That's right. It's the day that everyone is supposed to run. And seeing as how I joined a challenge or two (more later) I really had to exercise. And since part of the challenge for me involves running, I REALLY had to do it. Had to. But, didn't want to.

I hope I'm not the only one that argues with myself. If I am, I don't want to know. But I had a MASSIVE fight with that little whiny bitch fat girl that still lives inside me and is LAZY as shit. EVERY excuse in the book she threw at me today. "But, I was sick. I'm so tired.  I'm wearing a nice outfit and my make up actually looks decent. I can't find my headphones. I only have an hour. It's sooooooo hot." 

And then she got mean," You've tried and tried to do the C25K and you never finish. What's the point of starting it yet again? You'll just give  up and fail and then you'll feel stupid again. I don't see the point in setting yourself up for that kind of failure. You're still WAY too fat to be a good runner. You should wait until you lose 20 more pounds, THEN you can run"

To which I countered that: Exercise makes me feel better. I was sick last night, but that was then and I'm fine now. My makeup will look just as good when I re-apply and being thin REALLY makes make up look good.  You don't NEED headphones, iphone has a speaker. And yes it's hot, but that's why we have a treadmill! And hour is PLENTY of time since the C25K only takes 30min. AND I don't care how many times I have to start this over, I'm finishing it. I want to run and I am going to. I was running 30 pounds ago. I can go faster now and WHAT would I be waiting for? How do you think I'll lose another 20? Sitting and watching TV. Now shut up and RUN!

So I did.
Who says ladies don't sweat?

I've joined a couple of challenges. I don't generally do them. Of course I've been in Allan's phase....whatever we're doing..6? And I'm doing pretty well. Lost some weight. If you're looking for a challenge with a lot of structure where you will lose weight, check it out here.

But, two of my fav bloggy friends are hosting these and I couldn't NOT join.

First I am doing the
This challenge is hosted by my friend Alan at Pounds off Playoff. I like it because it's about exercise and I've already got my food hands full (or empty as the case may be) with the other Allan's challenge.  I like it because it has simple rules. I'm slow so simple is good. Plus I'm busy and simple is a necessity.  The rules are:
1. Exercise everyday in June. I can do this. I can. I will exercise one way or another, every single day. It will only make me feel better. It will speed my weight loss and it will re-focus me on exercise. All good.
2. Start something you've been putting off.  One of the things that I love about Alan's blog is that he's always talking about simplifying your life and organizing. I had to chuckle when I read this because it is classic Alan. I will be starting C25K (yes AGAIN).  I've been on and off againing this one for months. It's time I got busy and finished the damn thing. And now that I've committed to exercise every single day, there's really no excuse.
3. Be publicly accountable.  I have no problem with this one. I will blog as I always do to meet this part.

The next one is from my friend Tami over at Nutmeg Notebook, one of my very fav recipe (and more) blogs.

Again, a very simple challenge, but that's the beauty of it. Basically you choose a goal each week to work on. It's supposed to be something small. The point is to prove to us all that small changes really add up to good health. A great concept! You can read about the rules here. My goal for this week is to get back in the habit of morning workouts. I just feel better when I workout in the morning, even if I workout again later in the day. (Yes. Yes you can work out more than once in a day. Grin) See how these 2 challenges will go hand in hand?
I'll probably pick something else next week, but this week I'll focus on that one.

And so that's all for today. Three challenges at the same time, but each with a different focus. Just in time for summer and a time when commitments are less for me. Last summer I spent a lot of time exercising, usually twice a day, sometimes 3 times if you count the evening swimming. I did great and lost weight and a lot of inches. I'm ready to really buckle down and get even closer to my goal. I have about 60 more pounds to my goal weight and I refuse to lose focus now!

Are you doing any challenges for the summer? If so which ones and why?

BTW, I received an award today. Thanks, Ninja! And I'll post on that later.


  1. Good for you for running, you are looking awesome too. Hope you are feeling better. my challenge is to exercise every day. congrats on your award.

  2. Good for you. Congratulations on getting out and running when you didn't want to go. I know that's tough thing and I've had similar debates with myself. I hope I can do as well as you.

  3. You are going to have a fantastic summer!

  4. YOU LOOK AWESOME!!! Fit and healthy and full of life - that's what a good workout will do for you, and you sure did it!!! Glad you beat that inner lazy person down. I have to do that fairly often, too.

    The June Boom challenge sounds great, and good to keep you in the routine of moving every day. Building good habits for sure. I'm not doing any challenges except for Biz's 101 days of summer, where I challenged myself to eat right 5 out of 7 days each week so I can fit back into my smaller shorts by the end of summer. Looks like it will be a good summer for a lot of us, right?

  5. Dr. F., glad to see you're on board. And you're on board with THREE challenges! You go.

    "Classic Alan." Ha! :-)

    Hey, I'm pulling for the Canucks in the NHL. Close to Seattle.

  6. Holy smokes! You are looking much thinner in that picture! I can tell a huge difference. Sweaty ladies are hawt! You go, Doctor F!!

  7. New follower here! Found you via Alan's page. I'm on the June Boom! too! Can't wait to see your progress. :)

  8. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I thought one challenge for the month was plenty. Way to go after three!

  9. I gave you The Adorable Blog Award. Should you decide to accept this award, you can find the information on my blog.

  10. I'm in Alan's challenge too because I have been talking myself right out of exercising every day. My exercise has been very sporadic lately, and this is a great way to get on track.


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